Report Brief: Tenure Rights, Human Rights and REDD+: Knowledge, Skills and Tools for Effective Results
It notes that parties to the UNFCCC have agreed that REDD+ activities should address land tenure issues, and promote and support safeguards including respecting indigenous and community rights and international obligations. These are complemented by institutional policies and procedures as well as relevant national and international laws.
There have been concerns that many forest users – or entire communities – have not been adequately involved in REDD+ planning, decision-making, or implementation; in other cases, REDD+ initiatives are opening new opportunities for dialogue with forest communities.
The brief explains human rights and tenure rights – such as access, withdrawal, and resource management – in the context of community or national laws and corporate legal entities. It also has recommendations and tools to help identify, apply, clarify, and remedy rights in the context of REDD+.
The more rights can be clarified and respected throughout a project’s design and implementation, it notes, the less likely activities will trigger a rights complaint.